When I first got Gaeta, he had horizontal stripes on his side and I did not notice them until after I bought him from the 'good' local pet store. The stripes went away and his colors started to come out after a couple of days of having him. Today, I noticed that he was starting to hang out at the bottom of the tank a lot and was constantly resting on his homemade leaf hammock (and trying to rest in the bottle part of the baffle filter). I just performed his weekly 100% water change and those horizontal stripes came back. He seems to be lethargic right now and I am not sure why. I do not have any pictures to show because my camera is dead. But any advice would be greatly appreciated.
What size is your tank? 5 gallons
What temperature is your tank? 80 degrees
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 1 mystery snail
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Aqua culture betta pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 2 pellets in the am and pm
How often do you perform a water change? 2x a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 1 50% and 1 100%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? conditioner and chlorine remover
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? The horizontal stripes came back.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? He is floating around at the bottom and his leaf hammock a lot more than he used to. He used to be very energetic and isn't anymore:(
When did you start noticing the symptoms? Started noticing them yesterday, and he hasn't changed since then.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? I have not started treating him because I do not know what is wrong with him.
Does your fish have any history of being ill? Not that I know of, but I have only had him for maybe a week.
How old is your fish (approximately)? I am not sure, I would guesstimate that he is younger than a year old.